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Emily

Narrated by: Rebecca Courtney
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

If Emily hadn't gone to Annie Richmond's party, she would never have met the impossibly irresistible Rory Balniel - never have married him and been carried off to the wild Scottish island of Irasa to live in his ancestral home. She'd never have met the wild and mysterious Marina, a wraith from Rory's past, nor her brother, the disagreeable Finn Maclean. And she would never have been caught stealing roses in a see-through nightie....

©1975 Jilly Cooper (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Fun stuff! Thoroughly enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of Emily to be better than the print version?

I've never read the book

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emily without a doubt. Very dry sense of humour and loved her journey

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Courtney – was your favourite?

Emily

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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narrator sounded bored

Dreadful narration. Slow and boring. I read a lot of Jilly Cooper before losing my eyesight, so I was looking forward to this. The narrator completely ruined it.

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Hasn’t kept pace with the times

I first read this series and this book in the 80s when I was probably an impressionable teenager. Even then though, I knew this book was fundamentally not what I liked or expected from what was billed as light, frothy romance.
Returning to it after a gap of 30+ years only serves to underline what a distasteful, seedy, tawdry and unpleasant book this is. Thankfully, society has moved on from any situation when rape is acceptable or uncommented on and I’m thankful for it. Also, coercive, bullying men who are overburdened with unpleasant machismo no longer make partners or role models to aspire to.
The book leaves a nasty taste behind which isn’t helped by poor performance. Frivolous pronounced ‘friv-you-lous’;
cavalcade as ‘calvacade’ and
wander pronounced ‘wonder’ all the way through. Additionally,
Scottish accents wandering towards Northern Irish throughout. Save your time and spend it in almost any other way NOT reading/listening to this book.

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Good

These were my favourite books in my teens . Audible book was ok although sometimes the accents tended to change from time to time .

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  • DD
  • 31-05-18

Jilly Cooper Emily

Always loved this story spoilt by the stupid accents , Rory's voice totally destroyed any idea of him being a hunk and let's not go there with Finns voice 😞

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What a shame

Would not recommend this book. Pauses between chapters far too long. Story line poor. If this is the future of Jilly cooper I shall not be listening ,!,

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Ace enjoyed every minute!

Love Jilly Cooper and this didn't disappoint, I'll be listening to the others now thanks! The narrator was brilliant and really captured the dry humour of the book!

I will certainly be finding more by this narrator too I love her voice

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Terrible narration

It sounded like it was being read out by a 12-year-old.
Jilly Cooper deserves better.

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Absolutely awful

I will never listen to a book narrated by Rebecca Cortney again. Her delivery was bland, monotonous and she made all the characters seem snooty and obnoxious. When I read Emily many moons again Emily was young, hopeful, naive and ditsy. In the audio book she was a totally different character thanks to the narrators delivery. She was spoilt, unlikeable and one dimensional. The whole plot is silly and inconsequential as all JC stories are but what charm the story had was spoilt for me by the narrator.

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  • Jane
  • 06-05-18

Narrator was too stuffy

I remember this book from years ago. I was obsessed with Jilly Cooper popcorn romances. This books did not live up to my memories. First of all, the narrator was too stuffy. Emily was a silly girl and this woman was not silly. Felt like she should have been reading something more serious. The story was good but not great and the I never felt the heartbreak. Maybe my life was simpler but this book just didn't cut it. Maybe with a different narrator.